Report of the Conference on Revisiting the Medical School Educational Mission at a Time of Expansion

The Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation is a privately endowed philanthropy located in the borough of Manhattan, New York City. The Foundation supports programs designed to improve the education of health professionals in the interest of the health of the public, and to enhance the representation of minorities in the health profession.
It has just published the Chairman’s Summary of the Conference on Revisiting the Medical School Educational Mission at a Time of Expansion.
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Here is an excerpt from the press release.
“What medical education needs to recognize is that it has a fundamental social mission to train future physicians for a rapidly changing health care system that seeks different competencies than in the past,” says Cohen. “The leaders of medical education institutions need to seize the opportunity that expansion affords to ensure that their
institutions are responsive to their public purpose.”
Highlights of what areas schools should focus on:
• Giving student more opportunities to learn the principles of quality improvement,
patient safety and patient-centered care;
• Preparing students to work effectively and collaborative as members of health
care teams and as part of a system of care;
• Using community-based settings more as classrooms, and hospital settings less, to
expose students to a more realistic practice environment;
• Ensuring that physicians have more background in public health education and
the role that social factors play in affecting patient health; and
• Emphasizing the importance of problem solving and self-directed learning as a
way to keep up with the fast-paced health care environment.

One thought on “Report of the Conference on Revisiting the Medical School Educational Mission at a Time of Expansion

  1. Student advancement does demand on several issues: self-motivation, luck, opportunity, desire, and preparation.
    It is interesting that this is designed around patient safety, public health education, and patient health.
    No too bad

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